BBC star apologises for mocking Boris Johnson over ‘girly swot’ remark


BBC broadcaster Steph McGovern has apologised after she embarrassed Boris Johnson stay at a public occasion over his ‘girly swot’ remarks.

The Breakfast presenter, who’s on maternity depart, taunted the prime minister simply seconds after she handed him on stage whereas internet hosting the Conference of the North in Rotherham, South Yorkshire.

She took Mr Johnson to job for referring to former PM David Cameron as a ‘girly swot’ in a personal Cupboard paper.

After she inspired the gang to applaud Mr Johnson, she stated: ‘I’d identical to to level out I’m a girly swot and I’m happy with it.

‘Let’s see who’s within the job the longest.’

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The feedback got here days after Mr Johnson used comparable language within the Commons, calling Jeremy Corbyn a ‘big girl’s shirt’ over the Labour chief’s choice to not again the PM’s bid for an election whereas the chance of a no-deal Brexit remained.

McGovern, who commonly seems on Mock the Week, has since apologised for the outburst after her feedback went viral.

Writing on Twitter on Friday afternoon, McGovern unhappy: ‘At a non BBC event I was hosting today, I made a light hearted remark after the Prime Minister’s speech.

‘Sorry that this caused offence to some. That was absolutely not my intention.’

Mr Johnson additionally used the ‘girly swot’ phrase in opposition to Mr Cameron in a 2013 interview to dismiss the previous Conservative Social gathering chief for getting a first-class diploma at Oxford – a grade greater than the PM.

Final week, Labour’s Yvette Cooper criticised Mr Johnson for his use of language.

She tweeted: ‘The Prime Minister of Great Britain thinks he’s nonetheless again at Eton, “girly swot” “big girl’s blouse”, – what century is he in if the phrase “girl” is one among his staple insults?’

Daybreak Butler, Labour’s shadow ladies and equalities minister, stated: ‘With a Prime Minister like Boris Johnson, what hope is there for the advancement of women’s rights?’

The BBC declined to touch upon the remarks made by McGovern, however stated she is allowed to hold out exterior engagements when on maternity depart

Boris has confronted quite a few hecklers and offended members of the general public in particular person in latest weeks.

On the identical occasion in South Yorkshire, a person was dragged out of the constructing after urging Boris to ‘get back to Parliament’.

In Doncaster this afternoon, the Prime Minister was confronted by one other livid voter.

The unnamed girl stated: ‘Folks have died due to austerity.

‘And you’ve received the cheek to come back right here and inform us austerity is over and it’s all good now and we’re going to depart the EU and the whole lot’s going to be nice – it’s only a fairytale.’


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